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Checking Ink Levels for HP Photosmart 3200 and 3300 All-in-One Printer Series


You can check the ink supply level to determine how soon you might need to replace an ink cartridge. The ink supply level shows an estimate of the amount of ink remaining in the ink cartridges.

NOTE: You can also print a self-test report to see if the ink cartridges might need to be replaced.

This document applies to the following products:

  • 3207, 3210, 3210a, 3210v, 3210xi, 3213, 3214
  • 3308, 3310, 3310v, 3310xi, 3313, 3314
  • C5140, C5150, C5170, C5173, C5175, C5177, C5180, C5183, C5185, C5188, C5190, C5194

Check the ink levels from the idle screen on the color graphics display

Look for six icons at the bottom of the color graphics display. The icons represent the ink level remaining in each of the six color ink cartridges: black, yellow, light cyan (blue), dark cyan, light magenta (pink), and dark magenta. You can display a larger, more accurate view of the ink levels from the Setup menu.

If you are using an ink cartridge containing non-HP ink, a question mark displays instead of the ink drop in the icon for that cartridge. The HP All-in-One cannot detect the amount of ink remaining in ink cartridges that contain non-HP ink.

Figure 1: Non-HP ink icon

NOTE: HP cannot guarantee the quality or reliability of non-HP ink. Printer service or repairs required as a result of printer failure or damage attributable to the use of non-HP ink will not be covered under warranty.

If a hollow ink drop icon displays, the ink cartridge represented by that color icon has very little ink remaining and will need to be changed soon. You might be able to continue printing for a short period of time with ink remaining in the print head assembly. Replace the ink cartridge when the Replace Soon warning message appears on the color graphics display.

Figure 2: Low ink level icon

When the Empty Ink message appears on the color graphics display, the indicated ink cartridge is entirely out of ink. Replace the indicated ink cartridge.


Check the ink levels from the computer

You can also check the estimated amount of ink remaining in your ink cartridges from the computer. See the onscreen HP Image Zone Help for information on checking the ink levels from the Printer Toolbox.


Check the ink levels from the Setup menu

  1. Press Setup.

  2. Press 5, then press 1.

    This displays the Tools menu, and then selects Display Ink Gauge.

    The gauges for the six ink cartridges appear on the color graphics display.

    Figure 3: Ink cartridge levels in the color graphics display


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